9 Tips for Repurposing a Closet
Renting an apartment may limit how much space you have, but it definitely does not limit the possibilities of utilizing your space. Closets are a great means of storage, but they can also be repurposed into more useful areas. All you need to take full advantage of your space is a little bit of rearranging and creativity! Here are 9 tips to make the most out of your closet.
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Creative Ideas to Repurpose Your Closet
1. Reading Nook
While bookshelves can be bulky and overbearing, the perfect solution is to use your closet’s shelves to house your books. Add a snug seating area and a floor lamp, and you have created your own mini library!
2. Hidden Workspace
Find a desk that fits in your closet, pull up a chair, and get to work. Depending on the size of the closet, a floating desk and/or shelves may be worth investing in. Your closet office will be private enough to avoid outside distractions, and also cozy to keep you comfortable while you are busy at work. If you are a messy worker, just close the closet doors when you are done and no one will ever know.
3. Increased Storage
If you want to use your closet for storage, be sure to maximize your space by keeping everything organized. Use a file cabinet and magazine holders to collect all your important documents, and hatboxes or storage bins to hold mementos and knick-knacks that have nowhere to go. You can also stack clear containers of different sizes and label them to make each box easier to identify.
4. Bar or Wine Cellar
Install shelves and wine racks to hold alcohol, and a floating countertop to seat guests at. Invest in some stools that can be stowed away under the bar when it is not in use, and add some soft lighting to create a casual atmosphere. More shelves can be added to hold glasses, bar tools, and cocktail kits.
5. Pet Play Area
For a pet friendly play area, mount shelves to store toys, clothes, leashes, carriers, etc. Add a bed, toys, food, and water on the ground so your pets can come and go as they please, while keeping all of their belongings in one place.
6. Kids’ Clubhouse
The best way to keep an eye on your kids while keeping their clutter out of the living room is to set up their own den in the hall closet. Use baskets, cubbies, and shelves to store toys and create a sitting area for kids to play in. If you have a baby or toddler, substitute the sitting area with a crib or a small bed for naps and add a changing area with containers to store clothing and extra baby necessities.
7. Seating Area
Whether you feel you lack adequate seating for guests, or just want an extra corner to relax in, find quaint chairs and some cushions to turn a forgotten closet into a cute little alcove. Replacing the closet doors with some fancy curtains can really add to the space, making it more pleasing to the eye. Toss in some dim lighting and a throw blanket or two and you now have additional seating and a space to hang out and unwind!
8. Craft Corner
No matter how crafty you are in arranging your apartment, there may not always be room for your craft space. An empty closet with shelves and boxes to store your supplies is the perfect solution! If possible, find a closet near a table so you can pull out your supplies and get to work, then put everything right back when you finish.
9. Food Pantry
If you like to buy groceries in bulk and have nowhere to put them, set up some shelves or invest in a rack of rolling shelves in an unused closet. The shelves make for a sturdy place to put heavier cans and bottles, while a rolling rack allows you to pull your ingredients right over to the kitchen.
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With these tips in mind, your closet can be transformed into your very own happy place. To explore what our apartments offer spacious closets with endless potential, take a virtual tour or contact us at (703) 297-8594 today.